The opposition of events: creating an R&D Manifesto to look at trade and investment agreements and health inequalities

The Cambridge Dictionary defines manifesto as “a written statement of the beliefs, aims, and policies of an organization, especially a political party.” Hmmm. PETRA is, quite clearly, not a political party. It is an interdisciplinary expert network set up to look at whether trade policy and trade and investment agreements could be used to tackle … Continued

Should public health measures be reframed in the language of trade?

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. (Nelson Mandela) Pondering my learning from PETRA’s joint webinar with the UK Public Health Network on the public health implications of trade and investment laws, I … Continued

Trade, health and profit in a time of pandemic

  Every aspect of global health policy must now be reconsidered from the perspective of AP (After the Pandemic), although the pandemic of course is still with us.  One of the pandemic’s early lessons was the fragility of a profit-oriented system for vaccine development.   Before the pandemic, there were only four major transnational vaccine producers, … Continued

Developing a research agenda on trade and health

As part of its work programme, PETRA has been tasked with developing an interdisciplinary research framework (or “manifesto”) on the intersection between trade and health and wellbeing. We developed plans for a series of intelligence-gathering workshops to hear views from researchers, the third sector, and policymakers from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A sandpit … Continued